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One million drivers tested for alcohol in European crackdown

A crackdown to enforce drink driving and drug driving regulations across Europe saw police conduct almost one million breath tests in a seven-day period, of which more than 17,000 were positive.

Motorists were also checked for drugs in the operation, organised by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) at the beginning of June.

In total, 986,954 drivers were tested and there were 17,705 alcohol offences and 1,636 drug offences detected. Full results, broken down by country, are shown below.

The legal limit for drink driving varies from country to country.

Chief Superintendent Pasi Kemppainen, chairman of TISPOL’s strategic alcohol and drugs working group, said: “Drink driving remains one of the top three killers on Europe’s roads.

“Police officers across Europe put a great deal of time and effort into enforcing the law, with the intention of showing motorists that drink and drug-driving is not just unacceptable and anti-social, but also a serious danger to other road users.

“Our focus continues to be on drivers who have been taking drugs and who fail to acknowledge the greatly increased risks they face and pose to other road users. Many medicinal drugs can cause drowsiness and therefore impair driving, so it is very important that drivers taking medication should read the warnings or check with their healthcare professional.” 
 

 

TISPOL OPERATION ALCOHOL & DRUGS : 2011 June 6 – 12.
Country
 
Controls
 
Alcohol
 
Drugs
 
B-Belgium
6110
135
6
BG-Bulgaria
46044
519
0
CH-Switzerland
7877
447
72
CY-Cyprus
5057
235
0
CZ-Czech Rep.
30492
248
25
D-Germany
77311
1056
497
DK-Denmark
15034
140
4
E-Spain
114846
2370
1
EST-Estonia
10308
159
7
F-France
143146
3386
377
FIN-Finland
37001
96
4
GR-Greece
40077
1010
0
H-Hungary
18496
475
0
 I-Italy
33635
417
24
IRL-Ireland
1538
205
9
L-Luxembourg
125
3
0
LT-Lithuania
16872
314
0
LV-Latvia
6854
271
1
NL-Netherlands
19864
264
0
N-Norway
30441
49
0
PL-Poland
69342
990
85
P-Portugal
19366
624
2
RO-Romania
62118
876
1
SCG-Serbia
32845
1575
5
SK-Slovakia
15628
64
0
SLO-Slovenia
12396
341
33
S-Sweden
95067
383
205
UK-United Kingdom
19064
1053
278
 
Total
       986,954
          17,705
        1636

 

 

 
 


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